Intellectual Property for Architects

10 September 2014




The first ACA Insight National Webinar explored the complexities of Intellectual Property for Architects.

Shelley Einfeld provided an important overview of IP law and what it means for architects. Topics covered will include

  • Copyright – Who owns it? What can be protected? What can be copied?
  • Licence to build / use of architectural drawings for which the architect has not been paid
  • Moral rights
  • A pot pourri of other relevant IP issues – for example, trade mark rights in the names of buildings; refurbishment; contracts
  • Case studies

Our speaker – Shelley Einfeld

Shelley Einfeld has practised intellectual property law for over 24 years and has specialised in trade mark law since 1998. She is a consultant with AJ Park, where she works with both Australian and international clients and has managed large trade mark portfolios in a wide range of industries. Shelley advises clients on all aspects of trade mark filing, prosecution, opposition and removal actions, brand strategy and trade mark disputes.

Shelley holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of New South Wales and an LLM (Intellectual Property) degree from the University of Melbourne. She is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and a Notary Public (NSW). Shelley is a committee member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and is a member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).


$20.00 members
$30.00 non-members

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain a general understanding of the different types of intellectual property rights in Australia (including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents) and how they can be protected and enforced.
  • Understand the essentials of copyright law and how it applies to architectural plans and other creations
  • Appreciate the meaning of moral rights and how those rights can be enforced.
  • Learn about other legal that which may come up in the context of architectural practice and related areas.
  • Understand how Australian courts have interpreted IP laws to decide cases.
  • Discuss issues they have faced in practice and see if/how IP laws could work to resolve those issues.

This webinar was held on October 1, 2014.